A Kim Jong-Il Production tells the absurd, harrowing, and true story of Choi and Shin's ordeal, which reveals the importance of film as propaganda to the North Korean regime.” — Esquire.com “The 1978 abductions of the South Korean actress Choi-Eun-He and her ex-husband, the director Shin Sang-Ok, in Hong Kong is the true crime at the center of Paul Fischer's gripping and surprisingly.
Source: Director Shin Sang-ok and his wife, actress Choi Un-hui, said that the notoriously movie-obsessed Kim Jong Il had them kidnapped and ordered to improve North Korean film, which they did.
South Korean movie actress Choi Eun-Hee and her film director husband Shin Sang-Ok are seen in 1989 after being kidnapped by North Korea in 1978 and then escaping to exile in the United States.
The Korean War refers to a period of military conflict between North Korea (officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) with major hostilities beginning on June 25, 1950, pausing with an armistice signed on July 27, 1953. North Korea has since unilaterally withdrawn from that armistice, having announced its intent to do so on May 27.
Yesterday on my appointed rounds on This American Life I heard the extremely bizarre story of how the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il had South Korea’s most famous actress and her equally famous director ex-husband kidnapped. Think Elizabeth Taylor in her 50s and, say, Steven Spielberg to get some idea of the importance of the figures we’re talking about.
An Amazon Best of The Year Nonfiction SelectionLibrary Journal Top Ten Book of the Year!The Extraordinary True Story of Kim Jong-Il’s kidnapping of the golden couple of South Korean Cinema, The Movies They Were Forced to Make, and Their Daring Escape.Before becoming the world’s most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda and all its film studios.
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